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The Difference Between Skilled Nursing Facilities & Nursing Homes

If you’re the caretaker of an elderly relative, it may be time to consider long-term options, especially if they need medical assistance. While skilled nursing facilities and standard nursing homes both provide seniors with round-the-clock attention and observation, skilled nursing facilities are much more appropriate in situations where a patient may require considerable and constant medical attention.

In other words, skilled nursing is the sort of care one gets when they require the care of a skilled nurse every day and at all hours. That sounds redundant, but staff members here at the Princeton Health Care Center are nursing professionals where the employees at traditional nursing homes do not necessarily have to be. Here, residents will be tended to by medical professionals, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, speech-language pathologists, licensed vocational nurses, audiologists, and even medical directors.

Both nursing homes and skilled nursing centers have their benefits, however, depending on the needs of the potential resident.

Nursing Homes

For example, nursing homes are well suited for elderly residents in need of daily assistance and observation, but who may not necessarily require constant medical monitoring. Sometimes, it just becomes dangerous for a senior citizen to live alone, and a nursing home is an excellent opportunity to make them comfortable in a way that also provides them plenty of close monitoring in hopes of preventing and catering to the sorts of dangers that tend to befall the elderly.

Another benefit to nursing homes is that there is no limit to how long someone can stay in a facility, though that’s largely because Medicare and Medicaid both do not cover the cost of traditional nursing homes. Daily custodial care can be expensive, especially with no financial aid from the government, leaving the onus of payment on the families themselves.

Skilled Nursing Facilities

Skilled nursing facilities, though most often more temporary in terms of care duration, do fall under the umbrella of Medicare and Medicaid because they typically are regulated by the U.S. Department of Health. That means the high-quality medical care provided at these facilities comes with prices much more reasonable for the residents intent on using these services.

The biggest benefit to a skilled nursing facility, however, is the round-the-clock care. There will be some measure of personal care and medical assistance available 24 hours a day, and when this is in conjunction with an assisted living facility, it creates the sort of comfortable, secure quality of life that certain residents require.

It is our goal here at the Princeton Health Care Center to ensure that every person who walks through our front doors in need of care and assistance gets it. Making the transition to an assisted-living facility can be a stressful experience, but skilled nursing care is at least one way that we are able to siphon some of that stress away. First and foremost, families can rest easy knowing that our residents always will get the medical attention they need and deserve.


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